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Farhana Rahman

Farhana RahmanFarhana Rahman (Cambridge International Trust and Murray Edwards Scholarship)

Rickety Boats to Refuge(e): Gender, Identity, and Everyday Negotiations of Rohingya Refugee Women in Southeast Asia

Supervisor: Dr Manali Desai (Department of Sociology)

 

Abstract:

Through feminist ethnographic research, my doctoral research seeks to explore how forced migration and the mass exodus of the Rohingya community to Southeast Asia have transformed Rohingya gender relations and roles in displacement – specifically, how forced migration has affected the gendered subjectivities and lived experiences of Rohingya refugee women. The theoretical framework of this project lies at the junction of gender studies, anthropology, and studies in forced migration, and will engage with issues such as the body, gendered violence, culture, victimhood and agency, and social transformation.

Biography:

I was born in Bangladesh, and raised in Zambia and Canada. I have several years of experience in the gender and development sector, working internationally for various development organizations in the global south. In 2015, I helped to establish the first academic program in gender studies in Afghanistan, based at the American University of Afghanistan in Kabul, where I also taught in the area of sociology of gender. Since 2011, I have been a consultant and trainer providing technical expertise on gender equality, social policy, education, and legal analysis for various UN Women, UNDP, and USAID projects in South Asia and Africa. I have lived in and worked on projects in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Uganda, Bangladesh, Zambia, India, Jordan, Kenya, and Germany.

Academic Background:

MPhil (Distinction) in Multi-disciplinary Gender Studies, University of Cambridge (2013-2014)

Honours BA in Peace and Conflict Studies, International Relations, Arabic (Language Citation), University of Toronto (2007-2011)